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Annual migration falls in New Zealand due to more people leaving

by Ray Clancy on September 24, 2018

More people are leaving New Zealand, with the latest official figures showing that annual net migration was down 8,800 to 63,300 in the 12 months to August 2018, the lowest for the month since 2015.

Net migration is continuing to ease from the record high of 72,400 in the year ended July 2017 and August’s figures were the lowest annual rate for the month since 2015, according to the figures from Statistics New Zealand.

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‘The number of migrant arrivals in August was only slightly lower than in August 2017, so it was the increase in the number of departures that led to the fall in net migration,’ said population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers.

‘This is consistent with what we’ve seen in previous months, with the fall in net migration being driven more by increases in migrant departures than decreases in migrant arrivals,’ she added. [click to continue…]

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